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Poster: jbielby Date: Feb 12, 2004 4:20pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Requests

You may be right. I was mostly basing it on the list I found here (http://www.cinemainsomnia.com/cult.html) but I'm pretty sure that wasn't drafted by lawyers. :)

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Poster: Spuzz Date: Feb 12, 2004 4:34pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Requests

Wow, then you could be right. I mean, Bad Taste? The Peter Jackson film? PD? Hmmm...

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Poster: GersonK Date: Feb 12, 2004 9:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Requests

Right at the top of the Cinema Insomnia page, he says the movies he uses are "for the most part" public domain.

I do like the idea of growing the collection with user contributions, but identifying a particular edition of a film as public domain can be tricky business (waiting for official word before I go spinning my wheels).

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Poster: akb Date: Feb 12, 2004 11:03pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Requests

A good way to check is to look on Amazon. If you see a version of a film for less than $10 retail odds are very good that its public domain.

I never knew that A Boy and His Dog was public domain. That's one of my favorites cult scifi movies.

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Poster: Rick Prelinger Date: Feb 13, 2004 1:03am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Requests

Many of the CinemaInsomnia titles appear to be under copyright. Feature films are bundles of many rights, and their copyright status is often much more complicated than nontheatrical shorts, like those in the Prelinger collection. Part of the confusion may stem from the change in status of many non-US works in recent years. Quite a number of non-US films which were in the public domain have had their copyrights restored.

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Poster: IronButt Date: Feb 13, 2004 4:51am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Requests

I have been using RMI as a reference for "Public Domain" films for some time. I have nothing to do with them, I just use them as a reference. On the front page they say the following "Expired or non-registered copyright status has been researched through the Library of Congress and all programming is royalty-free." They deal in "telecine tranfer of 35mm film". The listing is over 6000 titles, and they only deal "business to business".
If RMI has really verified these tiles or not, I don't know. If Rick or Skip or anybody else that knows more about "Public Domain" status wants to checkout the site, here it is.
http://www.retrofilm.com/index2.html

Long time Prelinger Archives fan - new poster

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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Feb 13, 2004 6:28am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Requests

Unfortunately I see many international titles in their list. Also they might have some licensing deals with the copyright holders to allow them to distribute some of the films.

The copyright status of foreign titles is a bit of a mess right now, since different countries have different copyright laws.

Another copyright mess is that some distributors are adding soundtracks or bonus scenes to the DVDs of public domain material and getting copyrights for these "new releases".

At first, the films I'll be digitizing and uploading are U.S.-produced and have documentation of their public domain status.

Hopefully, somewhere down the road maybe we'll have the resources to investigate international titles. It'd be great if there were some copyright lawyers out there from the U.K., etc. who would volunteer their skills towards "clearing" the non-US titles.

Skip


This post was modified by AV Geek Skip on 2004-02-13 14:28:01

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Poster: cashel Date: Feb 13, 2004 6:11am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Requests

Heritage books ,such as Shakespeare, Dickens, Tolstoy etc ,are are easily accessible. We need a similar bookshelf for great FILMS. I give these titles of films which are 70 or 80 years old....Nanook of the north,. Sunrise, Big Parade,The Iron horse.Covered Wagon,The Crowd . I am sure others could add many more, These films are hard to get and expensive to buy because of the greed factor. If great books were treated in the same way as films, then WE WOULD BE VERY POOR

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Poster: Forrest O. Date: Feb 16, 2004 11:21pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Requests

Can I add Battleship Potemkin as a request to that little list?

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Poster: timdrage Date: Feb 22, 2004 2:16am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Requests

I'm hoping for some sci-fi movies, but I'm sure there's no point requesting things as I imagine it's a matter of getting whatever you get! :)

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Poster: studio44 Date: Feb 8, 2006 11:23am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Requests

The film's copyright was restored